Saturday 1 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in C major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Here is another very simple étude from Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives. Strive to play it perfectly, paying close attention to dynamics and to the quality of your tone.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Sunday 2 December 2012

Tune of the Day: The Soldier's Cloak

 Traditional Scottish jig

This jig, of Scottish origins, appears in a manuscript by Joshua Gibbons, a papermaker and musician from Lincolnshire, England, who between 1823 and 1826 collected this and other tunes from a variety of sources.

Categories: Celtic Music Jigs Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Monday 3 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Largo by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

Here is the third movement of the second Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 4 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Vivace by Telemann

 from “Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses”

This is the second movement from the fifth of Telemann's Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 5 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in D minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This jumpy Allegretto in D minor is study No. 24 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 6 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Down in Yon Forest

 Traditional English Christmas carol

This English Christmas carol, dating to the Renaissance era, was collected about a century ago in Derbyshire by the famous composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The tune has since been arranged by John Jacob Niles and John Rutter, among others. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Shirley Collins and Burl Ives.

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Friday 7 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in G major

This Allegro is the third and final movement of Sonata No. 5 in G major from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first appeared in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 8 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Gratioso by Telemann

 from “Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses”

This “gracious” piece is the third movement from the fifth of Telemann's Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 9 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in G major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

This easy Waltz-like étude is taken from Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Monday 10 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Recreation Reel

 Traditional American reel

This composition first appeared in print in Ryan's Mammoth Collection of reels, jigs and other traditional pieces, published in Boston in 1883. In the collection, the tune is attributed to one Frank Livingston.

Categories: Reels Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Tuesday 11 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Overture to L'italiana in Algeri

 by Gioachino Rossini, transcribed for solo flute

L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), which became Rossini's first real smash in 1813, has maintained its place in the repertory not least because of its ever popular overture. This overture features a theatrically heavy slow introduction leading to a sudden loud burst of sound from the full orchestra, and then into an exciting Allegro. What is probably the most famous theme from the opera is found at measure 82 (3:05 in the sample recording).

Categories: Opera excerpts RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 12 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Se a caso Madama

 from Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro”, arranged for two flutes

This lively duet between Figaro and Susanna appears at the beginning of Act I of Mozart's famous opera Le nozze di Figaro, right after “Cinque, dieci”. Susanna is trying to explain Figaro why she doesn't like the room the Count has destined to them: she is bothered by its proximity to the Count's chambers, as it seems he has been making advances toward her.

Categories: Classical Opera excerptsDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 13 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in D-flat major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This molto staccato (“very staccato”) “Allegro ma non troppo” in D-flat major is study No. 15 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33.

Categories: Double tonguing Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 14 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Come, Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy

 A Christmas Carol from Ireland

The tune to which this Christmas carol is sung is known as “O'Carolan's Lament”, after the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738), one of the last Irish harpist-composers and the only one whose songs survive in both words and music in significant number.

It is said that O'Carolan originally composed this Lament for the nephew of the great Earl of Tyrone, who led the Irish to a victory over General Monroe's Anglo-Scottish army at Benburb in 1646.

Categories: Celtic Music Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Saturday 15 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

This Allegro in G minor is the fourth and final movement of the second Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 16 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Allegro by Telemann

 from “Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses”

This is the fourth and final movement from the fifth of Telemann's Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 17 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in F major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Here is another very simple étude from Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives. If you can't play the low C's, you can just play them an octave higher.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 18 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Morpeth Rant

 Traditional English hornpipe

This composition is often attributed to William Shields, a popular 18th-century musician and composer originally from Swalwell, Northumberland. However, as scholars have pointed out, Shields often appropriated traditional or folk melodies, and “Morpeth Rant” may not be original to him.

The town of Morpeth is in Northumberland, a market center on the River Wansbeck. A special dance specific to this tune has been performed for over two centuries, and the dance itself is called the Morpeth Rant. Like many such dances, however, numerous tunes could be used as the vehicle for the steps.

Categories: Hornpipes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: intermediate
Wednesday 19 December 2012

Tune of the Day: El Choclo

 Popular Argentinian tango

One of the most popular tangos in Argentina, this song was written by composer and singer Ángel Villoldo in honor of the nickname of the proprietor of a nightclub, who was known as El Choclo (literally “the corn cob”). The piece was premiered at a restaurant in Buenos Aires in 1903, and has since been recorded by many dance orchestras, especially in Argentina.

Thanks to Monique for suggesting this piece!

Categories: Latin American TangosDifficulty: intermediate
Thursday 20 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Non so più cosa son

 from Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro”, arranged for two flutes

The aria “Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio” (“I don't know anymore what I am, what I do”) is sung in Act I of Mozart's famous opera Le nozze di Figaro by Cherubino, the Count's young male page. In the aria, Cherubino confesses his blossoming interest in all things feminine and particularly for his “beautiful godmother”, the Countess. This aria is an example of an aria agitata: an aria sung in a breathless manner which tended to signify “virtue in distress”.

Categories: Arias Classical Opera excerptsDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 21 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in B-flat minor by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This Adagio in B-flat minor is study No. 16 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33. It can easily be considered a study in accidentals... don't let all those sharps and flats scare you!

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 22 December 2012

Tune of the Day: O Little Town of Bethlehem / Forest Green

 Traditional English Christmas tune

This hymn tune, known under the name of “Forest Green”, is used in the United Kingdom (and sometimes in the US, especially in the Episcopal Church), to sing the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. The tune has its origins in an English folk ballad called "The Ploughboy's Dream", which the famous composer Ralph Vaughan Williams collected from a Mr. Garman of Forest Green, Surrey in 1903.

In the United States “O Little Town of Bethlehem” is most commonly sung to the hymn tune known as “St. Louis”.

Categories: Christmas carols Hymn tunes Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Sunday 23 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Larghetto by John Ranish

 from Flute Sonata in D major

This Larghetto is the opening movement of Sonata No. 6 in D major from John Ranish's XII Solos for the German Flute, Op. 2, first published in London in 1744.

Categories: Baroque Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Monday 24 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Gavotta by Loeillet

 from Sonata for two flutes in G minor

This Gavotte in G minor is the second movement of the fourth of Belgian Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's second book of Six sonatas of two parts, made on purpose for two German flutes, first published in London in 1720.

Categories: Baroque Gavottes Sonatas Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Tuesday 25 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Sans Day Carol

 Merry Christmas from flutetunes.com!

This is one of the many Cornish Christmas carols that appeared during the 19th century. The melody was first transcribed from the singing of Thomas Beard, a villager in St. Day in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. The village itself is named after St. Day (or St. They), a Breton saint venerated in Cornwall.

Categories: Christmas carols Traditional/FolkDifficulty: easy
Wednesday 26 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in D major by Gariboldi

 from “Thirty Easy and Progressive Studies”

Here is another simple étude from Giuseppe Gariboldi's collection of 30 Etudes faciles et progressives. If you can't reach the low E-C# passage (measures 5-6, 21-22, 45-46), you can play both notes one octave higher.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: easy
Thursday 27 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Tarantella from The Nutcracker

 by P.I. Tchaikovsky, transcribed for solo flute

This Tarantella, a type of fast traditional dance from Southern Italy, appears in Act II of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet The Nutcracker, right before the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thanks to Sarah for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Ballet excerpts Dance tunes RomanticDifficulty: intermediate
Friday 28 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Siciliana by Telemann

 from “Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses”

This Siciliana is the opening movement from the third of Telemann's Sonates sans Basse à deux Flutes traverses, ou à deux Violons, ou à deux Flutes à bec, or “Sonatas without Bass for Two Transverse Flutes, or Two Violins, or Two Recorders”.

Categories: Baroque Sicilianas SonatasDifficulty: intermediate
Saturday 29 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Study in A-flat major by Andersen

 from “24 Etudes for Flute”

Here is another étude by Danish flutist Joachim Andersen. This Andantino in A-flat major is study No. 17 from his Twenty-Four Etudes for Flute, Op. 33.

Categories: Etudes Romantic Written for FluteDifficulty: intermediate
Sunday 30 December 2012

Tune of the Day: The Green Glens of Antrim

 Irish folk song

This beautiful waltz-time song was written by Kenneth North sometime before 1950, and has been covered by nearly every Irish band since. The lyrics tell of a traveler who has left Ulster and longs to return to the beautiful scenery of the glens (valleys) and to one particular person that he left behind. The Nine Glens that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to Michael for suggesting this tune!

Categories: Celtic MusicDifficulty: easy
Monday 31 December 2012

Tune of the Day: Grave Adagio by Albinoni

 from “Trattenimenti armonici”

The “Grave Adagio” in B-flat major we present today is the opening movement of the third Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Categories: Baroque SonatasDifficulty: intermediate